Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Summer Fun

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As the summer comes to a close, I find myself continually asking my kids what they want to do before the school year starts again.  After much contemplation, we came up with a list that was agreed upon by all parties, which is not typically an easy thing to accomplish!  Some of the things on their list include going to the Minnesota Zoo (where we have a family membership, so there is almost a feeling of guilt about needing to get there as often as possible), visiting some of the local parks, visiting cousins who live nearby and taking that one last camping trip before the summer is over.  I’m really happy with the things that they’ve chosen, as they’re all activities where the kids truly are active and running around, which is something that is always promoted as a big positive in our home.

We started making our way through their list this past week, starting on Monday with a visit to the Minnesota Zoo.  Due to the fact that the temperatures were hanging in the 90’s and the humidity was providing a sweltering boost to the temperature, we decided to only hit up a couple different indoor exhibits where there may be a hint of air conditioning.  We went through the Minnesota Trail as well as the Tropical Trail, and boy oh boy did the kids have a wonderful time!

While on the Minnesota Trail, we got to stop by and see the coyotes during their lunch time, the wolf den and the bald eagle.  While some of these animals are ones that we see at home, the kids still had a really great time!
We enjoyed the Tropical Trail as well, naming several of the characters from “The Lion King” and taking our photos in the monkey display.  

Claire has a special love for otters, so she really enjoyed this display, though I think we all could have done without the smell!

With a few hours at the zoo under our belts, we decided that it was time to head back home, as the heat was seemingly too much for us after awhile.  We will likely head back there during a weekend next month when the temperatures are more reasonable and when Monte can join us as well!

We’ve also accomplished seeing some cousins, as we headed to my sister, Tanya’s, home on Tuesday for a fun day of swimming, playing Apples to Apples, baking cookies and playing Wii.  Due to some severe weather that was headed our way, we ended up staying later than I anticipated, as we didn’t want to be travelling in the midst of the storms, but it was time very much enjoyed and I wasn’t at all bothered that we were there longer than planned!

What’s left on our list?  We have a couple of favorite parks to visit and a camping trip to plan and it’s been my promise that we will accomplish all of it before my kids have to go back to school.  I can’t wait for these fun activities!  What’s on your agenda before school starts?

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227 comments:

  1. Sounds like yall have had a wonderful summer. Thats great. Hope your feeling well.

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  2. I'm tired just reading this! Would love this for back to school shopping!

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  3. How fun! Looks like you all are having a great summer.

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  4. Looks like you guys had a great summer! We have not done a whole lot but we did make it camping!
    Thanks!

    fineinsanity {at} live {dot} com

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  5. I blogged about it!
    http://mom2anutball.blogspot.com/2010/08/kellogs-and-blogher-giveaways.html

    fineinsanity {at} live {dot} com

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  6. http://twitter.com/tigergal01/status/21513190363

    tweet

    ~eunice b
    tigergal01 @gmail .com

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  7. fun times...we're packing boxes to move the end of this summer...our fun times exploring will come later. :-)

    ~eunice b
    tigergal01 @gmail .com

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  8. The otters are so cute!

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  9. love it! Seems like you had fun. Thank for doing this giveaway.

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  10. I love the zoo. Let's go to the zoo! Is it closed? Sounds like a lot of fun! Glad to hear life is going so well for you!

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  11. Still want to go zip-lining and to the zoo...

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  12. sounds like a great summer
    colette@tervort.com

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  13. thanks for sharing your summer advantures. i'd like to visit the zoo before summer ends too.
    songyueyu at gmail

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  14. i tweeted http://twitter.com/syytta/status/21520431152

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  15. The kids start school Monday so we are already in our flurry of back to school supplies; grandkids meet their new teachers and see their new rooms on Friday; we wind up GP (Grandparent) camp Thursday with special treats and a "field trip" with Grandpa to the G Whiz hands on science museum, so we can help give out school supplies at the Friday open house…

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  16. I want to just relax the rest of the summer.

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  17. Tweeted http://twitter.com/amandawk/status/21528271686

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  18. SOOOOOOOOOOOO much fun you all had!!!!!!!!!!!! :) And since we've already started school.....BOOOOOOOOO......:( I don't get to do anything else. Oh well, there's always NEXT summer. :)

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  19. Fun, fun, fun...and great photo opps, too! Consider this my comment...would love the extra $100!

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  20. THATS WHAT I GOT TO DO BEFORE SUMMERS OVER, GET TO THE ZOO! OR AT LEAST END UP AT THE BEACH! ONE OR THE OTHER! kytah00@yahoo.com

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  21. ALSO TWEETED! http://twitter.com/kytah00/status/21532889460 kytah00@yahoo.com

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  22. I love going to the zoo in the summer!

    hewella1 at gmail dot com

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  23. First timer on your blog! LOVED today's entry and I am so borrowing your idea, and asking my kids what they would like to do before school starts! Thank you!

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  24. Sounds like a fun summer...it seems our summer is coming to a close to quick and I want to get in that one last camping trip! We'll see though :)

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  25. great giveaway thanks for the chance
    nannypanpan at sbcglobal.net

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  26. We are going to the Chahinkapa Zoo next week, can't wait! Having a great summer, sounds like you are too!

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  27. We already had our major events of the summer so we are enjoying the rest of the beautiful weather and time with family :) And lots of trips to our local parks too!

    pittsy82@hotmail.com

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  28. Tweeted http://twitter.com/pittsy82/status/21586675237

    pittsy82@hotmail.com

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  29. Hard to believe summer is coming to an end! Would love to win for back to school shopping. Thanks

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  30. tweeted

    http://twitter.com/fairydancer35/status/21595908450

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  31. We love summer and love doing anything outside. We will spend our last days of summer hiking, swimming, camping and just having fun!

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  32. It looks like you had quite some adventures , this summer! Looks very intersting.

    akahenry@live.com

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  33. I'm going on a road trip to attend my future sister-in-law's bridal shower.

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  34. Looks like you have been busy! $100 bucks, er Visa card, would be nice. ;)
    Miss you!

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  35. We are fitting in a trip to the zoo tomorrow. We will also fit in a few more trips to the city pool before it closes until next summer. We definitely will be spending time outside, since we are stuck inside for 4 long months of winter!
    nbalogh522 at gmail dot com

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  36. tweet
    http://twitter.com/maybaby522/status/21639120955
    nbalogh522 at gmail dot com

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  37. Love your pictures :o) We are headed to Vegas tomorrow for some school shopping! I hope to fit in some outdoor fun before school starts too.

    Thanks
    jotteson@frontiernet.net

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  38. tweeted

    http://twitter.com/Ashlesmommy07/status/21641064193

    jotteson@frontiernet.net

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  39. Sounds like you guys are having a lot fun!

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  40. Tweet: http://twitter.com/stillmiss/status/21644121124

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  41. gorgeous photos, looks like you had a great time =)

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  42. http://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/21686780524

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  43. We are definite zoo goers during the summer, the kids love it!

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  44. I plan on going to the lake with my family and friends.

    lynnx512 at gmail dot com

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  45. I tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/livelovelynn/status/21688488654

    lynnx512 at gmail dot com

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  46. We are going to camp out in the backyard and roast marshmellows over Labor Day Weekend for one last fling before school starts.

    avennett AT verizon DOT net

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  47. Went to Unity Music Festival last weekend. Now we're just trying to get the most use possible out of our swimming pool. Love taking it easy at home.

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  48. I love Kellogs! thanks for the giveaway scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  49. http://twitter.com/DesMoinesDealin/status/21714864613 scg00387 at yahoo dot com

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  50. We are going to go to the park and splashpad for one last fun day before school starts Tuesday!
    winnieayala at yahoo dot com

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  51. I can't believe summers almost over! It's about time for school to start though... :)

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  52. Tweet: http://twitter.com/coriwestphal/statuses/21719465638

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  53. Sounds like yall had a busy summer!! School starts here on Wednesday...hoping cooler weather will be here soon!
    bleatham(at)gmail.com

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  54. tweet
    http://twitter.com/sleatham1/status/21732460407
    bleatham*at*gmail.com

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  55. Summer is so short.Glad you had a fun one.

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  56. tweet http://twitter.com/Ziggywag/status/21746666631

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  57. Wow - your summer sure beats mine! Glad you had a good time!

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  58. This gift card would come in handy for back-to-school shopping.

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  59. We are taking one final trip to Old Orchard Beach in Maine

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  60. I tweeted http://twitter.com/eyzofblu63/status/21761522339

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  61. Can't believe summer is coming to a close and school is upon us.

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  62. Looks like y'all had a great time! Great photos -- I always make my family do the "insert your head" photos" We are waiting for it to cool down before hitting the zoo. Too hot here.

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  63. Your trip to the zoo seems like it was a lot of fun. Those otters are cute!

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  64. Tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/heatherzilla8/status/21765632367

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  65. Our family of four will be taking a road trip from Arizona to Northern California to visit family!
    sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

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  66. Our family plans to go camping one last time next weekend!

    LWons@HotMail.com

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  67. Your pics look like you had a great time! How fun!

    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  68. TWEET! http://twitter.com/LAMusing/status/21770803904

    adrianecoros(at)gmail(dot)com

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  69. Your summer was more fun than ours. We are in Month 17 of our remodel (almost completed) and we have been driven to work on it every day. Now we are free to go explore our new neighborhood's walking trails and restaurants!

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  70. Our summer was HOT. And my Mom broke her hip.
    So, I'm thinking yours might have been a rifle better than our but ours was still fun.

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  71. we are trying to get another trip to the santa barbara zoo in before summer ends
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

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  72. Sounds like you are having a great summer!

    kerin0874 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  73. HAPPY SUMMER TO YOU!
    FUN IS BEING WITH YOUR CHILDREN AT THE BEACH!
    THANKS FOR SHARING!

    jldouglas@wispwest.net

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  74. *sniffle sniffle*
    Goodbye summer :(

    froggypartyof2@aol.com

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  75. I'm an animal lover too! Thanks for the opportunity, I REALLY REALLY REALLY appreciate it! gmissycat@yahoo.com

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  76. I tweeted too! https://twitter.com/gmissycat/status/21775651804 gmissycat@yahoo.com

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  77. We always love to visit the zoo in any place we visit that has one. The kids especially like the babies.

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  78. School starts Monday...where did the summer go?!
    We had a wonderful summer!
    jedoggett@embarqmail.com

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  79. tweeted https://twitter.com/annedoggett/status/21779045257
    jedoggett@embarqmail.com

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  80. We just got back from a fun trip to disneyland. honeypie411 at yahoo dot com

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  81. Aww! Such cute photos! Looks like you all had a great time. We are ending the summer with one last camping trip. Can you say lots and lots of s'mores?? :) lol

    shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

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  82. I tweeted also:
    http://twitter.com/lipstickncandy/status/21780703372

    shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

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  83. I plan trips to the park or maybe a trip to the zoo. We have a few more BBQ's and they enjoy shopping for school things.
    lazybones344 at gmail dot com

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  84. Summer went by too fast this year! We'd like to squeeze in another trip to Sea World before back to school!

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  85. Tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/BreezyKim/status/21788184418

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  86. souinds like your family has had a wonderful summer. I love going to the zoo.

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  87. I love summer even though I don't get the summer off like I did when I was a kid. Oh, the good ole' days.

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  88. Love the photos. Looks like you had a great time. I hope you get to squeeze in all the activities you wanted to do before school starts. It's already started here, so we only have the weekends.

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  89. Great photos~

    iamcernetic @ gmail DOT com

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  90. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/mysterman1/status/21805504181

    iamcernetic AT gmail DOT com

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  91. what a great giveaway! love winding down the summer with a good cleanup and a bbq!
    dreamzz12{at}aol{dot}com

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  92. tweeted http://twitter.com/DeeGee13/status/21807033977


    dreamzz12{at}aol{dot}com

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  93. I really miss going to the drivein movies in the summer, but most are sadly gone.
    pksanddancer(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  94. I love the picture of the otters.

    rhoneygtn at yahoo dot com

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  95. I'm sad that summer is winding down but looking forward to cooler weather. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    eswright18 at gmail.com

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  96. Tweet
    http://twitter.com/eswright18/status/21814073985
    eswright18 at gmail.com

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  97. We are going on our last summer getaway to Myrtle Beach, SC.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  98. tweet
    http://twitter.com/buzz8/status/21840801926

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  99. My kids have given me a list of things they'd like to do before school starts. We can't do them all, but we're trying to do as many as possible.

    katfam95 at aim dot com

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  100. I have been meaning to hit one of the waterparks all summer--Aquatica is my favorite

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  101. http://twitter.com/fostertam/status/21848134348

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  102. I'm an animal lover and I would have liked to see the otters.

    pauleyd68 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  103. tweeted

    https://twitter.com/lpauld68/status/21848798312

    pauleyd68 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  104. I love the little critters too, looks like a good time.

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  105. We are finishing out our busy summer by fitting in a last minute trip to see the grandparents.

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  106. What happened to summer--it just flew by--maybe we can make it to the state fair before school starts.

    farrell@crosslake.net

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  107. Looks like everyone had fun. The kids really love spending time with you, and it is super healthy to have a day like this!

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  108. Sounds like you had a great summer! I even managed to sneak away for a day at the zoo!

    sksweeps (at) earthlink (dot) net

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  109. We have had a wonderful and active summer together this year. ai am so not looking forward to the return of school as I always miss my children when they are away.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

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  110. We love summer and this year we got to take a vacation to Florida to visit my mom and my father-in-law. Making memories for the kids :)

    Lona728@ yahoo dot com

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  111. I am looking forward to summer gently moving into fall. We still have a family picnic to attend which will be fun. But I am looking forward to cooler weather also.

    dawns_horizen@yahoo.com

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  112. We are trying to plan a trip to the zoo before school starts. My Grandkids love to go camping too. Hopefully we can do both.

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  113. We'll go to the park, hike, hit the beach.

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  114. Oh, our favorite thing is hanging out in the pool and playing in the water. I hope we can still do this for a few more weeks before the water gets too cold...

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  115. We ended our Summer by visiting the animal sanctuary that's a few miles away. It was delightful to be able to see, pet, and feed all the animals! I hope we can go back sometime.

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  116. Shopping.It starts here in NC on 8-25...yikes!

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  117. We're planning a trip to the beach to end our summer on a high note :)

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  118. I blogged http://simplydab.blogspot.com/2010/08/check-out-moms-breakfast-club-for-24.html

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  119. Loved all the pictures, especially those gosh-darn cute little otters!!!

    Many thanks!!

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  120. need to make a road trip to the deyoung zoo. real soon. jozie1420@yahoo.com

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  121. The little otters look so adorable! We plan to visit the Denali Park as our last summer adventure and get our share of wild life :)
    mandalarctic at gmail dot com

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  122. Looks like you and your family had a wonderful summer. marybug2@yahoo.com

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  123. Will be going to the end of summer arts/crafts festivals, always have a great time! Thank you!

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  124. I tweeted http://twitter.com/Tina12312/status/21864391356

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  125. Looks like a wonderful time for your family. I hope the fun continues into the year. I am queenesperfect at yahoo.com

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  126. We have the same thing left on our to do list before Labor Day - pick a park and take one more long weekend camping trip.

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  127. My tweet: http://twitter.com/njhhb/statuses/21865141878

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  128. Haha, I wish I could do some fun stuff in the final weeks of summer, but our Practicums have just started up, which kinda sucks for having fun :/ But it is what it is :D

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  129. I just tweeted this giveaway here :D

    https://twitter.com/TimboSquad/status/21866703581

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  130. We had a great summer vacation, camping out with a bunch of other friend's and their families

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  131. I tweeted about this - http://twitter.com/The_Sunshyn/status/21867137520

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  132. My son went back to college today, so our summer is officially over.

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  133. tweet http://twitter.com/bsw529/status/21870529234

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  134. I love going to the zoo. I think the Bronx is my favorite.

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  135. Actually school is already back in here. No agenda left, except for mom to enjoy the peace and quiet a little.

    ewalsh40(at)gmail(dot)com

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  136. Our schools start tomorrow so we have had the usual frenzy of getting ready for school. In addition, we were a part of a school supply giveaway for needy children. We finished up GP (grandparent) camp on Thursday.

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  137. tweet
    http://twitter.com/Grandma3710/status/21874427141

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  138. My husband plans to take the kids to the zoo soon. I'm going to stay home with the newborn, assuming we can get him to come out!

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  139. Tweeted:

    http://twitter.com/calidreamin87/status/21875878377

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  140. Summer is coming to a close and we really want one more camping trip in the beautiful idaho mountains.

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  141. I hope we'll have time to make it to the zoo before school starts.

    hmb@fortaj.com

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  142. tweet -http://twitter.com/HMB99/status/21878419804

    hmb@fortaj.com

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  143. It's been too hot here to go to the zoo. I want to go this fall.

    hafner611{AT}gmail{DOT}com

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  144. Our zoo has free day on Mondays and I'm planning on taking my daughter tomorrow. We'll pack a picnic lunch and our camera and spend the day. My grandmother always took my sister and I to the zoo during the summer and it's a tradition I've carried on with my own daughter.

    shel704 at aol dot com

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  145. Tweeted:
    http://twitter.com/auntiethesis/status/21883765341

    shel704 at aol dot com

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  146. Looks like you did a lot more than us lol we just relaxed
    sahmofdq@gmail.com

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  147. Tweeted http://twitter.com/SAHMofDQ/status/21884125771
    sahmofdq@gmail.com

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  148. There's nothing on our list because school has started and its still blazing hot here!
    Thanks - Sarah Z
    believedreamcourage (at) gmail.com

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  149. Those otters are adorable! Thanks for hosting this giveaway.

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  150. enter me please, thank you for the giveaway

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  151. here is my tweet
    http://twitter.com/rosidentevil/status/21884914726

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  152. We haven't done a whole lot this summer because the heat has been unbearable to be outside, but we did get our monies worth out of our pool.

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  153. We want to spend more time at the pool
    brandileigh2003@yahoo.com
    http://twitter.com/brandileigh2003/status/21890103250

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  154. we are lucky enough to live at the beach in so. cal..we have a new adventure everyday at our footsteps

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  155. Still going to Gilroy Gardens
    cookiesandclogs[at]gmail[dot]com

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  156. Swimming and one more camping trip before the Summer ends.

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  157. we re goin hiking intime@myself.com

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  158. This would be great to use for a local activity.

    hellrzr(at)juno(dot)com

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  159. We are still going to the zoo this summer, been in the 90s, too hot to go, gotta wait till it get a little cooler.

    teenytig@sbcglobal.net

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  160. looks like you guys are having fun,we are going to the zoo yet before school starts!
    ardelong2(at)gmail(dot)com

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  161. The Minnesota Zoo looks very cool - I will have to add it to our list of places to go

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  162. We just went on our annual camping trip we take every year with 12 other families. It’s so much fun!! The adults and kids both really look forward to this trip every year!

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  163. I loved the picture of the baby otters. They are so cute!

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  164. I tweeted about this http://twitter.com/nitabr/status/21923925304

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  165. Summer has gone by quickly, I always like garage sales or flea markets and roadside attractions are nice too since it costs you nothing usually to ride on by and Look

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  166. We're like you: If we hit the zoo on a hot day, we go to the indoor exhibits. Fortunately, we're lucky, and our zoo provides hours of indoor fun.

    Thanks for a great giveaway!

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  167. Tweet-a-tweet-tweet!
    http://twitter.com/Ida_Sessions/status/21928343576

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  168. Going to the beach! Love the sand between my toes!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  169. What an enjoyable summer. We are ending the summer by going to the mountains for a few days.

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  170. I want to get to the beach one more time before the summer ends!!its really not that far! maybe a half hour tops!
    drea8685@yahoo.com

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  171. My daughter wants to get to the pool one more time before school.

    tlannan30[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  172. I need to take my girls back to the pool before Wednesday. I wonder if I can get them up early tomorrow to do it. lol Thanks for the giveaway!

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  173. Our summer plans went kaput with a hospital stay, but we're still having fun locally.

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  174. We enjoy spending time on the lake and soaking up the sun!

    Tarah
    tarah716[at]ymail.com

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  175. http://twitter.com/dddiva/status/21934904830

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  176. We are going to go camping at the beach on last time this weekend before summer comes to a close.

    kerrie@mayansfamily.com

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  177. Looks like you had an awesome summer! We are going to the beach for one last long weekend!
    hockeygalnc(AT)hotmail(DOT)com

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  178. I tweeted - TriciaInRaleigh- about this giveaway!

    http://twitter.com/TriciaInRaleigh/status/21937896567

    hockeygalnc(AT)hotmail(DOT)com

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  179. I'd love to fit in a trip to the zoo. Our zoo is world class and it's been too long since I've been there.

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  180. I went to the Fort Wayne Zoo (Indiana) a couple weeks ago. It stinks though because it's so small :/

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  181. We didn't take as much advantage of the summer as I would have liked to but we did at least make it out to Indiana Beach like we enjoy doing each year.

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  182. I'm with Claire - Otters are incredibly cute, especially when they are playing. We've been swimming like otters all summer!

    momznite_at_yahoo_daught_com

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  183. Sounds like fun!

    annemarie562000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  184. I love zoos looked like fun. We had a quiet summer didn't do much I do like having more time to read and going for walks at night. Great giveaway thank you very much!
    tishajean@ charter.net

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  185. We're trying to make it the zoo, too! We love our local little zoo.

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  186. tweeted to http://twitter.com/latishajean/status/21941001508
    tishajean@ charter.net

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  187. Not too much left on my list -- maybe a family picnic and a trip to Coldstone Creamery!!

    Thanks for the chance!

    mybabyblessings [at] gmail [dot] com

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  188. We need to drive to my parents home and help them move things because both of them are sick at this point and cannot handle this stuff anymore.


    spencer1953 at gmail dot com.

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  189. Sounds like you guys had a fun summer! We pretty much stayed close to home but made it as fun as possible. trinitygsd at yahoo dto com

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  190. We love to go to the beach in the summer!
    Thanks for a great giveaway!
    mayacarpenter at verizon dot net

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